A Program of Movement, Strength,
Wellness, and Education

Empowering Lives, Fostering Community

Stronger Together is a pioneering program dedicated to enhancing the well-being of individuals with Parkinson’s.

As part of our collaboration with the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA), this new initiative, which will launch in April 2024, reflects The Virginian’s commitment to providing comprehensive support and fostering a vibrant community. Program participants will benefit from in-person and livestream exercise sessions alongside engaging activities, including quarterly lectures, a speaker series, and an annual education conference. The program is open to residents of The Virginian and PFNCA members.

The Virginian’s Parkinson’s Fitness program team members are certified in PWR!Moves (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery), a cutting-edge Parkinson’s disease-specific exercise program that holds promise to slow disease progression, improve symptoms, restore function, and increase longevity and quality of life. Our staff is also trained in LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD® therapy, specialized evidence-based therapies that focus on addressing motor and speech-related symptoms associated with Parkinson’s.

Personalized Exercise Program with Weekly In-Person Classes

Weekly exercise classes will be offered to promote physical well-being and cultivate a sense of community. These classes will be led by The Virginian’s Fitness Director, who brings over 30 years of experience in Parkinson’s programming. Three levels of classes will be offered, and participants will receive personalized attention to address their unique needs.

Livestream PFNCA Exercise Classes

Residents at The Virginian and members of PFNCA can also join live exercise classes via livestream to help them gain flexibility and convenience in maintaining their fitness routine.

Keeping You In the Know

Quarterly Lectures

Quarterly lectures will help participants stay informed on various topics related to managing life with Parkinson’s.

Community Talks

Throughout the year, The Virginian will host talks on Parkinson’s for the local Fairfax community, promoting greater awareness and understanding.

Annual Education Conference

Participation in this annual conference will offer valuable insights and expert guidance on the various aspects of living with Parkinson’s.

Personalized Nutrition Support

Recognizing the vital role nutrition plays in managing Parkinson's, The Virginian’s registered dietitian will collaborate with residents to address their special dietary requirements and nutritional needs.

Speech Therapy Services

To address the speech-related challenges associated with Parkinson's, The Virginian offers a comprehensive speech therapy program. Our dedicated speech therapists work closely with residents, not only focusing on traditional speech exercises but also providing support in activities such as swallowing techniques, texture modifications, and personalized exercises. Additionally, residents benefit from the innovative LSVT LOUD® program, which is specially designed to help them navigate daily communication with others.

Diverse Movement Classes

The Virginian’s fitness team members are certified in LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD® programs which have shown to greatly improve the overall functioning of individuals with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions. From specialized Parkinson's movement classes to engaging and social activities including ballroom dancing, pickleball and tai chi classes, residents can participate in a variety of programs specifically tailored for Parkinson's wellness. The PWR! program helps residents improve posture, weight shifting, trunk rotation and transition movements. The LSVT BIG® program, which is also customized to the unique goals of each resident, targets both gross and fine motor skills. These diverse classes aim to promote balance, coordination, and enjoyable physical activity within our supportive community environment.

Registered Physical Therapy Outpatient

For a more personalized and targeted approach to physical therapy, residents with Parkinson's can benefit from The Virginian Rehabilitation and Wellness program, offering a wide range of full-service outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation services. Our therapists work one-on-one privately with our residents on a Personalized Exercise Program (PEP) to focus on key areas of importance. The Virginian’s occupational therapy and speech therapy initiatives, coupled with rehabilitation and wellness-focused efforts, collectively offer strong support for residents managing Parkinson's.

My family are so very grateful for all the loving care my mother received at The Virginian. The staff always seemed so caring towards the other residents as well. They were always willing to listen to us and were more than happy to assist my mother with anything she needed.

Yolma T.
Family Member of Resident

We have a soft spot for the Virginian because my parents lived there happily for over 10 years -- enjoying their final chapter with lovely friends, attentive administrators, and a caring community. … We highly recommend this beautiful community … We're so anxious to see the completed renovation in the upcoming year.

Marilyn F.
Family Member of Resident

I have to give a special shoutout to all the employees. … My mom is happy and safe living there, and I know she is in good hands when needed. I look forward to the next year and watching the transition of The Virginian as they renovate and update! It's going to be beautiful!

Debbie S.
Family Member of Resident

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